Premiership not bed of roses: Nawaz Sharif

LHC bars Pemra from airing anti-judiciary content

Premiership not bed of roses: Nawaz Sharif

The court directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, or Pemra, to take a call on the petitions filed against the Sharifs within 15 days. "The judges acted as lawyers of Imran Khan and they were party against Nawaz Sharif".

Maryam's counsel Amjad Pervez has resumed his cross-examination of Wajid Zia, an additional director at the Federal Investigation Agency who headed the Panama case joint investigation team (JIT) which probed the Sharif family's assets previous year.

Accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir resumed hearing of the corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in the light of the Panamagate verdict.

He said Pemra had rejected an application against alleged anti-judiciary speeches on "technical grounds" using its authority.

The petitioners pleaded with the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Sharif and his daughter and restrain them from maligning the judiciary.

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During the hearing Pemra was slammed for not taking action on the complaints about airing of anti-judiciary content on the television channels. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and federal and provincial ministers of the PML-N have also been made respondents in the petitions.

The Supreme Court took suo motu notice of the "anti-judiciary speeches" of former PM Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, Maryam Nawaz and issued summons.

Azhar Siddique, who was representing one of the petitioners, argued before the court that Article 19-A of the Constitution guarantees freedom of expression and the right to "fair criticism" to every citizen.

Nawaz and Maryam did not attend the last two hearings of the case as they were unable to depart from Lahore due to weather condition.

The bench also summoned Attorney General of Pakistan (AG) Syed Ashtar Ausaf Ali, and all advocate generals. She said in Pakistan vote bank belonged to PML-N.

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